In January, AFSC staff and youth from across the South Region led protests and a national panel discussion to confront the issue of police violence and militarization in the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday served as the launch date for SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), which inspired youth-led events in over 15 cities including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Greensboro, Miami and New Orleans.
On January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, AFSC South Region youth programs participated in SOAR (South Organizing Against Racism), a day of action against police violence and militarization.
Over 15 cities participated by publically demonstrating and conducting workshops on this important issue. In this ongoing moment of youth activism, we fully support young people and others in pressing the case against police violence and militarization.
On January 21, 2013, AFSC's Friend of a Friend program led a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community tribunal at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Govans, Baltimore. Residents shared their experiences and concerns with the Maryland prison system and brainstormed strategies for making their voices heard.
Today, February 4th, is the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. In 2013 we are still working to make that dream a reality, still working to end the more subtle remnants of the racism so visible 50 years ago. Youth at today's press conference made very clear that it is an every day part of their experience. Youth from PrYSM asked those in the room "How many of you have been profiled? How many of you don't feel safe in your neighborhood when the police are around?
Rev. Phil Lawson has worked his entire life to ensure that there will be room enough in the beloved community so no one will be left outside to suffer and die in poverty on the streets, no one will be locked out by border walls, and no one will be denied entrance because of racial intolerance or homophobia. Read "Building the Beloved Community."
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